Tag Archive: Robert Byrd

Commentary: Don’t sanitize Helms’ racist past


So CNN correspondent Roland S. Martin has a problem with Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond because they were segregationists. I’m not big fans of them either but let’s not forget the fact that Thurmond renounced his segregationist ways later in life and had an obvious touch of jungle fever.

But let me pose a question to progressives out there. Why do Helms and Thurmond get labeled as racists but Sen. Robert Byrd of WV gets a pass when he was in the Ku Klux Klan. You don’t join the Klan because you look good in white. Is it because he has a D next to his name? Byrd was a segregationist too yet I haven’t seen any black reporters labeling him as a racist.

MoveOn supports the Klan

MoveOn seeking 1st 2006 election victory:

These assclowns are still around? It must suck to live in Conn. right now since their boy Lamont is going to beat Joe Lieberman. But this is my favorite quote in the article…

MoveOn’s members ponied up more than $800,000 for Sen. Robert C. Byrd (news, bio, voting record), D-W.Va., in two days last spring.

You mean the Democratic Senator who used to be in the KKK? Good job there MoveOn.

Men of their word

Senator Dick Durbin apoligized for his seditious remarks but not really…

?More than 1700 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and our country?s standing in the world community has been badly damaged by the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. My statement in the Senate was critical of the policies of this Administration which add to the risk our soldiers face.?

?I will continue to speak out when I disagree with this Administration.?

?I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings: our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support.?

Not really much of an apology is it? He’s basically saying I’m sorry I put our soldiers at risk but I’m not sorry I compared Gitmo to Auschwitz, the Soviet Gulags, and Pol Pot. Unfortunately you can’t unring the bell Senator.


And a follow-up to Senator Robert Byrd’s (D-WV-KKK) memoirs in which he said…

Byrd says he never resented blacks, Catholics or Jews, but he failed to ?examine the full meaning and impact of the ugly prejudice behind the positive, pro-American veneer.?

Well an article from the Washington Post (who knew?) tells me other wise…

Byrd wrote that he continued as a “Kleagle” recruiting for the Klan until early 1943, when he and his family left Crab Orchard for a welding job in a Baltimore shipyard. Returning to West Virginia after World War II ended in 1945, he launched his political career, but not before writing another letter, to one of the Senate’s most notorious segregationists, Theodore Bilbo (D-Miss.), complaining about the Truman administration’s efforts to integrate the military.

Byrd said in the Dec. 11, 1945, letter — which would not become public for 42 more years with the publication of a book on blacks in the military during World War II by author Graham Smith — that he would never fight in the armed forces “with a Negro by my side.” Byrd added that, “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.”

Emphasis mine.

Yet he says he never resented blacks. Right. Whatever. And the left had the audacity to call Strom Thurmond a racist. At least he recanted his segregationist ways and I doubt you can call a man who fathered a black daughter racist. And yet the left says nothing about Exalted Cyclops Byrd.


Rep. John Conyers Jr. is all in a snit over the Washington Post Article by Dana Milbank about his little anti-semitic mock trial. He’s allegedly written a letter to the Post. I don’t know if they printed it or not but it’s all over the blog world and you can see a copy of the alleged letter here. The part of the letter I want to focus on is this…

In what can only be described as a deliberate effort to discredit the entire hearing, Milbank quotes one of the witnesses as making an anti-semitic assertion and further describes anti-semitic literature that was being handed out in the overflow room for the event. First, let me be clear: I consider myself to be friend and supporter of Israel and there were a number of other staunchly pro-Israel members who were in attendance at the hearing. I do not agree with, support, or condone any comments asserting Israeli control over U.S. policy, and I find any allegation that Israel is trying to dominate the world or had anything to do with the September 11 tragedy disgusting and offensive.

Fair enough Congressman but James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal put’s it best I think…

But Conyers can’t get off so easy. After all, he invited Ray McGovern, the “witness” whose statements Conyers claims he doesn’t “condone,” to “testify” at his “hearing.” As blogger Richard Baehr notes, “McGovern’s views are well known (that is why he was invited by Conyers, presumably), and the activists were handing out their anti-Semitic literature openly to everyone in sight in the DNC office.”

He’s got a point.

Brought to you by the Democrats, the party of irresponsibility.


Sen. Byrd Discusses His Klan Background:
The party of tolerance just keeps on rolling along. In the wake of Senator Dick Durbin’s seditious comments and last Thursday’s anti-Semitic mock trial we have Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) releasing his memoir entitled “Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields” in which he calls his admitted membership in the Ku Klux Klan “an extraordinarily foolish mistake”. Excuse me if I question his sincerity. By Byrd’s own admission he recruited some 150 members to the KKK and was elected to the Klan office of “Exalted Cyclops”. He even admits that his time in the Klan inspired him to seek public office…

He recruited 150 members, and when Grand Dragon Joel L. Baskin (search) came to a meeting in Crab Orchard, Byrd was unanimously elected Exalted Cyclops (search).

“You have a talent for leadership, Bob,” Baskin told him. “The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation.”

“Suddenly lights flashed in my mind!” Byrd writes. “Someone important had recognized my abilities. I was only 23 or 24, and the thought of a political career had never struck me. But strike me that night, it did.

Well isn’t that special. A Grand Dragon thought they needed a fellow Klansmen to help lead the nation and Byrd agreed.

But the best jaw-dropping quote from Byrd is this one…

Byrd says he never resented blacks, Catholics or Jews, but he failed to “examine the full meaning and impact of the ugly prejudice behind the positive, pro-American veneer.”

Sorry Senator but I fail to believe that. Even in the 40’s people knew what it meant to put on the white hood. What I find funny is that your friends on the left believe you. What?s even funnier is that Strom Thurmond, who I’m also not a fan of, recanted his segregationist views but even up until his death the left viewed him as a racist. The thing is Strom never belonged to the Ku Klux Klan!!! So the libs can call us RepuliKKKans all they want. We’re not the ones who have a Senator who was actually in the Klan. And remember kids it wasn’t Republicans that tried to stop civil rights, it was Southern Democrats. Isn’t it funny how the left tries to rewrite history?